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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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Vocational Qualifications and the Social Dialogue (2000-2003)

Type of project/activity:

a comparative analysis


The objectives are to compare the approaches in three Member States (Spain, France and the UK) and in the Czech Republic to the design, validation and certification of vocational qualifications and to assess the influence and the role of the social partners and the use of qualifications in collective bargaining agreements.


This project has been developed within the framework of the initiatives of the European Commission to improve the transparency of vocational qualifications, with the aim of increasing mobility. The initiatives undertaken by national authorities have not, to date, been sufficient to ensure a good level of transparency. Furthermore, such initiatives are generally implemented under the aegis of public authorities, in consultation with the social partners, but the role of the latter in designing and validating qualifications varies substantially from one country to another.


Project co-ordinator: Fundación para la Formación Continua (FORCEM -ES)
Partners: The University of Complutense de Madrid (Spain); The Spanish Confederation of Young Business Managers (Spain); The Construction Foundation Principe de Asturias (Spain); the European Institute of Education and Social Policy (France); The Qualification and Curriculum Authority (United Kingdom); The Institute for Research on Technical and Vocational Education - VUOS (Czech Republic)

Main activities:

The project is carrying on the following activities:

  • Production of reports on the different routes to certification of vocational qualifications in the 4 partner countries, including an analysis of the role of social partners.
  • Survey and analysis of the approaches in two significant and innovatory sectors. The construction sector is being studied in all 4 countries plus one sector which presents an interesting situation in the country. The survey is implanted by face-to-face semi-directive interviews based on a common interview guide. The interviewees are representatives of the social partners, selected as key actors in the process of negotiating creation and validation of qualifications.
  • A further set of interviews will address the issue of use and implementation (recruitment, collective agreements) in enterprises.
  • Production of a Good Practice Guide containing recommendations on the design and use of qualifications in collective agreements.

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Expected outcomes, reports/documents :

  • National Reports on the role of social partners in the design, validation and certification of vocational qualifications (already available)
  • Survey Reports for each sector and country
  • Good Practice Guide on the design and use of qualifications in collective agreements